Herald and Journal, Dec. 11, 2000

New police officer begins in Howard Lake

By Lynda Jensen

Howard Lake residents will be seeing a new police officer on patrol, starting yesterday.

Timothy Garrett Sonnek, 24, reported for his first day of full time service at the Howard Lake Police Departmen Sunday.

Sonnek, who is single, comes originally from Delavan, 120 miles away. It is near Blue Earth, he said.

He plans to rent in Howard Lake, he said.

He wanted to relocate to an area that was growing, Sonnek said.

"I grew up in a small town and worked in small towns," he said. "It's the only way that I know how to work."

Enforcing laws with the same people that he lives with and works with every day is something he understands, he said.

Previously, he worked a full-time temporary position for the city of Blue Earth. He's also worked part time for the cities of Minnesota Lake, Blooming Prairie, and Wells, which are located near Blue Earth.

His work experience adds up to a total of 1-1/2 years.

For education, Sonnek obtained a four-year bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Hamline University, St. Paul.

He also has an associate degree from Ridgewater College in Willmar.

He completed his SKILLS course in Alexandria, which is a 10-week intensive training course required by the state for police officers to be eligible for licensure.

Sonnek has a first responder's license.

Some of Sonnek's personal interests include baseball, outdoor activities, woodworking, and hunting.

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